While there’s no shortage of world class bars in Singapore to choose from, it’s inspiring to see new concepts that celebrate the city’s unique history, spirit and flavours. And that is exactly what imbibers can look forward to at the revamped Club 5 at Parkroyal On Beach Road. A beacon for the thriving social dancing circuit in the '80s and '90s the last 35 years, the familiar space has been reimagined as a swanky cocktail bar almost straight out of the roaring 20s.
Expertly conceived by award-winning Singapore-based designer Emma Maxwell, the interior flaunts a clever mix of art décor influences and an understated glamour, complete with brushed brass finished glass doors adorned with semi-circular patterns that are repeated throughout the bar and crowned by a striking feature of oval tungsten lamps that hug the ceiling.
Enthuses Wee Wei Ling, executive director (asset, lifestyle and community partnerships) of Pan Pacific Hotels Group, “The new Club 5 strikes a delicate balance between nostalgia and modernity, making it a truly unique world-class bar. Rarely will you find a gem that still shines bright in spite of transient trends and economic uncertainties.”
Yes, it’s even kept a small dance floor for those who feel the urge to tango or hustle between drinks—but only when new safe distancing guidelines permit, of course.
Regardless, it is the bar’s equally clever cocktail programme that old and new fans will be returning for. A languid crawl through its curated menu of cosmopolitan creations celebrates aspects of the area’s storied history, from Beach Road to Arab Street and the once raucous Bugis Street.